Islanders eager to help people of Oso

The banner at the door of the AuCourant and the DEN for the relief fund for those affected by the landslide in Oso, Wash. in March. Barely a week old, the fund had brought in more than $13,000 as of last Friday. - Mary L. Grady/Mercer Island Reporter
The banner at the door of the AuCourant and the DEN for the relief fund for those affected by the landslide in Oso, Wash. in March. Barely a week old, the fund had brought in more than $13,000 as of last Friday.
— image credit: Mary L. Grady/Mercer Island Reporter

It only took a day for business-owner, Barb Hovsepian, who set up a fund to benefit the community of Oso, Wash., fund last week, to collect $3,000. By week’s end she had $13,000 in donations and the thanks, help and enthusiasm of others.

She said she has been touched and moved by the generosity of Islanders who immediately embraced her cause.

She met Islander Cara Starnes, who has chosen ‘Mercer Island Cares Oso Much’ as her Mitzvah project.

“Cara has gone to camp in Arlington every summer and felt moved to participate,” Hovsepian said. “She will spend her spring break passing out flyers and raising money and  plans to contact her friends and relatives to encourage them to give to Oso relief.”

Sarah Hyatt, an employee in the Chase bank building on the Island, upon receiving a flyer, handed Hosvepian a $100 bill. “I won this in Vegas, the people in Oso need it more.”

She also has ties to the area.

Sarah grew up in Arlington and has a personal connection there. Her co-workers followed her example by giving another $250.

An Au Courant client, hugged Hovespian and tucked $500 in her hand and whispered in her ear “This is for the people in Oso, ‘God bless them.”’

But she wanted her contribution to remain anonymous.

“The community has been thankful for the opportunity to give,” Hovsepian said. “Everyone who gave simply said, ‘I wanted to do something and this is a great opportunity to help.’”

People read the Reporter story in addition to hearing about Mercer Island Cares Oso much on KIRO.

But many were simply people who came through the front door of the salon.

“Contributions from (our) clients of Au Courant and the DEN make up more than a third of the donations as of last Friday,” she added.

“I am touched by the generosity of our community,” she said.


How to give

• All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the money goes to the Oso relief.

• Make checks payable to: The Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund.

• Drop off cash or checks between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday at the Au Courant Salon & The DEN at 7900 S.E. 28th St.

•  Questions?  Want to help?  Call 232-1336.


Mercer Island Cares Oso Much April 5 total $13,005

Island business $500 challenge donors

Windermere Real Estate

Au Courant Salon & The DEN

Charles Peterson M.D., Objective Orthopedic Evaluation

The Rosauer Company

J.A.R. Investments

Mak Abulhosn M.D. Mercer Island Foot & Ankle

Lory Lybeck PS - Attorney at Law

Charles Solarno & Associates John Hancock (with corporate match)


Claudine Cambell

Petra Walker

Nancy Lee

Vyvianne Stumbles

Stuart Scarff

Chuck Maylin

Ralph Jorgenson

Lisa Carrucio

Sonia Hovsepian

Allen and Barbara Hovsepian

Patrick Brouillette

Layla Talmi

Jackie Wells

Gordon Godfrey

Charlene Steinhauer

Mariana Parks

Linda Cheever

Debbie Muscatel

Amy Tubach

Barry Franklin

Mak Abulhosn

Ralph Swanson

Michael Bond

Benson Wong

Theres’a Bauman

Robert and Bobbi Bridge

The Gall Family

Alteras Family

Robert Thorpe

Sarah Hyatt

Dana Beesecker

Kathy Casebolt

Marilyn Trimm

Lela Sergi

M.P. Neary

Peni Schwartz

Jamie Casebolt

Chris and Vicki Pallis

Belinda Stern

Schiller Family

Gayle & Robert Seda

George & Wanda Hughes

Doris Lawler

Jill Tripp

Marge Miller

Charles Coleman

Carolyn Hansen

Jean Blagg

Robin Rosauer

Paula Orehek

Phyllis Vonwolffersdorff

Mike and Susan Cero

Muriel Epstein

Fred and Gina Radke

David and Lisa Tweter

Mary Ellen Vetto

Eleanor Rogers

Matthew Cavanaugh and    Anne Kusaka

Patrick and Margie Ogawa

Melinda and Jonathan Smith

Mary Brucker

Karen Kelly

Raymond Noble



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